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Obituary: Michael Galluccio

Michael Galluccio

Michael Galluccio, a life-long resident of Glen Cove, passed away from complications of a skull-based tumor on July 16, 2009 at the age of 51. Mike’s true passion for his family, friends and church sustained him through almost five years after his diagnosis. Services were held at the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head, where the outpouring of love and comfort were overwhelming. A funeral service was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Glen Cove with the most generous reception hosted by loving friends from the community. Mike is survived by his mother Marian (the late Angelo); his wife Suellen; and his children, Mark and Julie. He is brother to Joseph (Barbara) and Katherine (Kenneth).

Mike’s son, Mark, said it best in his heartfelt eulogy of his dad, “There is only so much a hero can handle. I can’t begin to tell you how much I miss him. He was the strongest and bravest man I will ever know. He died with a full heart aching to be better and to be able to live the way he used to. I am so fortunate to have had him as my dad and my best friend. I’ll never forget how much he taught me.” And about his family and friends, Mark said, “Whether you were cooking, helping with the bills, driving dad to an appointment or going to see him in the hospital, you all have had such a huge impact on my family and me. And we really can’t thank you enough. You have no idea. Five years was a long time to go through this, and as we were going through this tough ordeal with him, so were all of you. We had so much support. He was a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew, an uncle, a godfather, a coach, a parishioner, a salesman, a funny guy and a best friend. He was fearless and a hero to many. I bet he’s telling his dad how proud and lucky he is and always will be to have had me, mom and Julie in his life.”

An enormous thank you for all the contributions of delicious food, gorgeous cards and flowers and to the “Friends of Michael Galluccio” children’s education fund. Many of you are participating in the Michael Galluccio Memorial Golf Outing on Sept. 28 benefiting the Chordoma Foundation and the St. Paul’s Church and we thank you so much for that. It was a blessing and an honor to know Mike and he will be truly missed by those lives he touched.